Sadness of Chinese teenage gamers: During Tet holiday, they can only play games for 1 hour/day

As you know, China is a country with very strict and clear regulations on gaming by minors. One of those regulations is to limit the number of gaming hours for gamers under 18 years old. During the period from 10pm – 8am the next morning, publishers are not allowed to provide services to this group of customers. At the same time, on weekdays, minor players will not be allowed to play games for more than 1.5 hours per day; This number on holidays is no more than 3 hours.

However, according to the recent announcement of Tencent and NetEase – two of the largest game developers in the country of billions of people, during the upcoming New Year holiday, users under 18 years old will only be able to play free games every day. more than 1 hour. Specifically, from December 29, 2023 – January 1, 2024, players will only be able to experience the “virtual world” during the time frame from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm.​


This announcement received a lot of opposition from the community Chinese gamers. Many players believe that this move is unnecessary, in comparison online games The explosion of short videos is even more worrying. The consequences that short videos bring are much more common and immediate than game addiction.

Regulations on preventing online game addiction for minors were officially applied by the Chinese government in 2019. Accordingly, Chinese gamers must conduct identity verification for convenient government management. Additionally, players identified as minors will also be limited to the maximum game deposit limit.

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